February 2015 Newsletter

February 2015
February 2015 Newsletter
110 East Venango Street
Mercer, PA 16137
Phone: 724-662-4233
Fax: 724-662-8893
[email protected]
Upcoming Events
Wednesdays: Pre-School/Toddler Play Time, 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Wednesdays: Bridge Club, 12:30 - 2:30 P.M.
Feb. 5: Pre-School Story Hour: Groundhog Day 10:00 - 11:00 A.M.
Feb. 6: Library Closed for Staff Training
Things to Remember:
 Monthly Family Movie Night
 Kindle Fire HDs now available for teen in-library use
 Digital e-books and
audiobooks can be
downloaded from our website
 E-readers now available for
check-out, preloaded with
book of your choice
Feb. 10: Tablet, Phone, and E-Reader Workshop, 6:00-7:00 P.M.
Feb. 12: Pre-School Story Hour: Valentine’s Day, 10:00 - 11:00 A.M.
Feb. 12: Health Insurance Open Enrollment, 11:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Feb. 13: Patron Appreciation Day, During Regular Library Hours
Feb. 14: Toddler Block Party, 10:00 A.M.
Feb. 17-21: Fine Forgiveness Week
Feb. 18: Tablet, Phone, and E-Reader Workshop, 10:00-11:00 A.M.
 Monthly e-reader workshops
Feb. 19: Pre-School Story Hour: Hibernation, 10:00 - 11:00 A.M.
 Fax services available
Feb. 20: Family Movie Night, The Book of Life, 6:00 P.M.
Feb. 26: Pre-School Story Hour: Teddy Bears, 10:00 - 11:00 A.M.
February is Library Lovers Month!
Mercer Area Library is celebrating Library Lovers Month, February
1-28. Library Lovers Month is a celebration of school, public, and
private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone to recognize the value of libraries and to work to ensure that the nation’s
libraries will continue to serve. Mercer Area Library will be selling
hearts for a donation of $1.00. The hearts will be displayed in the
library with the person’s name on them to show proud support for
the Mercer Area Library during Library Lovers’ Month.
Patrons, friends, and community members are invited
to stop in to purchase a heart.
Patron Appreciation Day: 2-13-15
In conjunction with Library Lovers Month, Mercer Area Library will hold a Patron
Appreciation Day on Friday, February 13 from 9:30- A.M. to 8:00. P.M. Visitors
can enjoy free cupcakes and beverages. You will also get coupons for library
freebies including coffee, printed pages, and pay shelf books. This year, all patrons who visit will receive a free raffle ticket for a chance to win great prizes
from the library! Please also take this opportunity to meet our new director,
Matthew Goldyn!
Family Movie Night Presents
The Book of Life: 2-20-15
From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge R. Gutierrez
comes a breathtaking animated comedy with a dazzling visual
style unlike anything you’ve seen before. Torn between the expectations of his family and the desires of his heart, a young
man named Manolo sets off on an epic quest, that spans three
spectacular worlds, in order to reunite with his one true love and
defend his village. Not your ordinary fairy tale, The Book of Life
is a wondrous fantasy-adventure filled with magic, music, and
Join us on Friday, February 20 at 6:00 P.M. for this heartwarming movie, free popcorn, and lots of fun!
You can view the trailer here.
Coming Soon: Tax Forms
Both state and federal tax forms will be available at the Mercer Area Library.
This year, the IRS is only sending the following forms: 1040, 1040 A, and
1040 EZ.. The IRS will not be sending any instruction booklets. Additional
tax forms and instructions can be obtained through www.irs.gov and state
forms can be found at the PA Department of Revenue website.
You can also place orders for forms and publications at
http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs/Order-Products. You can order up to 10
different forms and publications . Just search for the form you need, add it
to your cart, and enter your shipping information. This is a free service provided by the IRS. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask us!
E-Reader Workshops: 2-10-15 and 2-18-15
Bring your Kindle, tablet, phone or other digital device to our monthly ereader workshops to learn how to access free e-books and audio books from
Overdrive. We now offer both evening and daytime sessions. This month
the workshops will be held on Tuesday, February 10th, 6:00-7:00 and
Wednesday, February 18th, 10:00-11:00. You may also call to schedule an
individual appointment.
Fine Forgiveness Week: 2-17-15 to 2-21-15
To show how much we appreciate our patrons, we have designated the week of February 17-21 to be Fine Forgiveness Week!
No fines will be charged for overdue books during this week, so
make sure that you take advantage of this opportunity and get
those late books back to the library! Fines are only waived for
overdue books that are returned during that week
Health Insurance Open Enrollment: 2-12-15
Do you have questions about your current health insurance options?
Do you want to get or change your health care plan, but don’t know
where to start? We can help! Certified counselors from Primary
Health Network will be at Mercer Area Library on
Thursday, February 12 from 11:00 A.M.- 6:00 P.M. to help you to navigate through the current healthcare options and help you with the application process. You will need to bring a driver’s license, birth certificate, Social Security card, most recent tax return, and current income information in order to
sign up for a health insurance policy.
Toddler Block Party: 2-14-15
Come to the library on Saturday, February 14th at 10:00
to learn more about the value of block play and to play
with our new blocks, animals, people, and vehicles.
Make new friends while discovering the importance of
creative play. We look forward to seeing you there!
For Your Information...
Starting Tuesday, February 3, the following
fees will change:
.15 Per Day
Printed Copies
.25 Per Copy
Pay Books
.30 Per
What are You Reading?
What are you reading? Something adventurous,
romantic, funny, spooky, or just plain wonderful?
Here’s what we’re reading this month!
Matthew: Britain's War Machine by David Edgerton
Tracey: Private Vegas by James Patterson
Corri: Revival by Stephen King
Sherry: Cinderland: A Memoir by Amy Jo Burns
Share your latest reads with us, as well as your
Welcome to the every day used book sale!
Beginning in February, the Mercer Area Library will be selling
gently used books during normal operating hours at the used
book sale book cart. The cart will be located near the main
doors of the library. Hardcover and paperback books will be
available featuring many well-known and loved authors in
various genres. Children’s and young adult books will also
be available for purchase. Prices will be marked on each individual book, and payments for purchases must be made at
the front desk.
Special Delivery! Library by Mail!
Are you finding it difficult to get to the Library? Check out Library
By Mail! Lack of transportation, bad weather, and physical disabilities are common reasons that patrons have for not being able
to make the most of their library. If that sounds like you, then
check out our new Library By Mail program.
Anyone holding a valid Mercer Area Library card qualifies! This
program provides a way for homebound residents in Armstrong,
Butler, Lawrence, or Mercer County to receive library materials
through the mail. This program is sponsored by the New Castle
District Center and is provided to you at no cost.
Patrons of this service can receive, with a few exceptions, any library item that can be borrowed by coming to your public library.
This includes best sellers, audio books, DVDs, and magazines.
There is no cost for this service to the individual. The library will
send the requested materials to the patrons in a reusable canvas
bags for delivery via the USPS to and from the participants of the
program. For more information or to sign up for the program call
the library at 724 662-4233.
I love my library!
We here at the Mercer Area Library appreciate our patrons and all that they do for us! If you
would like more information on supporting libraries, visit ilovelibraries.org to discover ways to
become an involved and active member of your library community. I Love Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association that encourages users to stand up for libraries, learn
about issues facing libraries today, and how to connect with your library. The Mercer Area Library also has a friends group that helps support the library. Application forms for friends membership are located at the circulation desk of the library.